Bartlett Blandford “B.B.” Holland

January 20, 1934 – March 1, 2020

Bartlett Blandford “B.B.” Holland, 86 passed away March 1, 2020 in Bryan. B.B. was born January 20, 1934 in Bryan, TX. He graduated from Stephen F. Austin High School in Bryan in 1951 and Texas A&M University in 1955 with a degree in History and received his master’s degree at Texas A&M in Educational Administration in 1958. He taught school for one year in Mercedes, TX before returning to College Station to teach in the A&M Consolidated school district for 34 years. B.B. taught 8th grade history for 16 years and world history and photography at the high school for 2 years and 16 years as Principal at South Knoll Elementary until his retirement in 1990. B.B. wore many hats during his tenure: He coached the High School Boys Golf team from 1960 to 1974 to many victories including first place in 1968-69 and second place in 1967-68 in the Texas 3A State championship tournament, and numerous district and regional titles; He drove a bus route and the high school band bus for many years, and filmed the high school football games. As Principal, his stern demeanor hid a marshmallow heart and he was as likely to be found cleaning the cafeteria dumpster as in his office. He was always looking for and finding ways to improve the school and take the best care of its teachers and students.

B.B. stayed just as busy outside the classroom. He filmed the Texas A&M football team practices and regular and bowl games for 24 years, never missing a game, and many basketball and baseball games, as well. B.B. and Hazel took wedding photos for many years and were very active in the Studebaker Drivers Club for over 40 years and charter members of the Central Texas Chapter.

B.B. loved Hazel, his nine acres, Texas A&M, his cars, and his cat and would do anything for his three girls. He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Hazel Holland of College Station; daughters, Janeen Wood and husband Don, Lisa Kelm and husband Kelvin, and Newell Slavin and husband Al; grandchildren, Meagan McKellar and husband Gilbert Sawtelle IV, Dillen Ashton and wife Sydney, Grace Kelm, Nathan Kelm, Spencer Slavin and wife Breanna, and Kathleen Slavin; great grandchildren Olivia Slavin and Charlotte Ashton and “adopted” sons Paul Hirschler and Scott Reid.

Visitation will be held Thursday March 5th from 6:30pm to 8:00pm at Callaway-Jones Funeral and Cremation Centers in Bryan and the funeral service will be held Friday March 6th graveside at Bryan City Cemetery at 10:30am.

Memorials may be made to First Baptist Church of College Station or

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  1. I will always cherish the times I spent with BB helping with his golf teams in 1968, 69 and 70. He was always working. I traveled with him in 69 while he was filming the A&M freshman football games. BB always found a way to make light of all the different jobs he had at any given time. I never understood how he worked that many hours every day, but always smiling and thinking of how he could do more. I always had the utmost respect for him, as did everyone who knew him. God will bless him.

  2. Hazel and family,

    We are so sorry to hear about B.B.
    death. Our love and prayers are with at this sad time.

    Love, Sharon and Dan

  3. Although I never had the pleasure of being a student of B. B. Holland’s, I truly appreciated his vast contributions to Project HOLD when I was archiving history for the City of College Station. A visit from B. B. was always a pleasure. My most sincere condolences to Hazel and the Holland family.

  4. Mr. Holland was a great teacher and golf coach. Many great times riding in the back of
    his maroon Chevy with the camper shell. Many stories there. Mr. and Mrs. Holland were
    nice enough to hire me to assist them in their wedding photography business. They were both
    very nice. RIP Coach.

    Oh yeah, he was a great 8th grade lunch time quarterback for the
    lunchtime football games!

  5. So sorry to hear about Mr. Holland. He was a blessing to work with and to take care of for the time I got to know him. May he Rest In Peace!!

  6. To Hazel and her family…..BB was a huge influence and friend to my Dad Curtis. My Mom Edith and my Dad thought the world of you both. Prayers and Im so very sorry for your loss.

  7. Hazel, our heartfelt condolences from the Louisiana group of Studebaker Lovers and from Debbie and I personally. We so enjoyed your enthusiasm, company and events.

    It is a testament to the life of any person in the way they are remembered. BB’s was a life well lived.

    Our thoughts and prayers for all,

    Fred and Debbie Duplechin

  8. To the family of Coach Holland:
    Please accept my condolences on Mr. Holland’s passing. He was a major positive influence for me growing up. He gave of himself and I appreciate it to this day.
    Riding in that Studebaker with the rest of the team is an unforgettable memory.
    We have lost one of the best.

  9. I have only known BB and Hazel for about 30 years +/-. I consider them both to be among the group of truly honorable, helpful and honest people I have ever known. I treasure the time I have spent with the both of them and will miss BB greatly. The difficulty of life is no longer a problem for him and I am thankful to have known him.

  10. I was lucky enough to have Mr H as an 8th grade teacher, 12th grade photography teacher, 5 years as my golf coach, fellow employee at A&M golf course, He hired me to film Tiger football and Texas A&M football. He had a large impact on my life and I am greatful for that. Hazel, I will toast him with a Big glass of ice tea

  11. So sorry for your loss. Good memories of living next to the Hollands on Rosemary Drive. When I think of BB Holland I think of his wonderful parents that were my substitute grandparents, watching his beautiful girls grow up, his kind wife, Hazel and the cars!

  12. Mr. Holland was a great man and the best principal I ever had. He will be greatly missed by all who had the honor of knowing him.

  13. May the memories that he leaves be a comfort to each one. He was loved and respected by so many. I will always remember him because of his love of my music. I love my Holland Family.

  14. I had the honor to be hired by Mr. Holland for my first teaching job. He was a tremendous mentor and principal. He freely gave professional advice but also fatherly advice when he thought it was warranted. Sending prayers of comfort to your family during this time of sorrow.

  15. It was always a pleasure to work with BB at A & M Consolidated and to visit with him at the high school retired teachers informal lunches we had once a month. Will miss him.

  16. It was always a pleasure to work with BB at A & M Consolidated and to visit with him at the high school retired teachers informal lunches we had once a month. Will miss him.

  17. B.B. was truly an “anchor” of the Holland family especially after his parents and their siblings left us. B.B. was a great, although tough, teacher for me and my cousins when we were in Jr. High School at A&M Consolidated. We learned a lot and had immense respect for him. As we all grew older that respect turned into even bigger source of love for him. B.B., we will truly miss you. We will always love you, Hazel and your beautiful family. Love, Cheri

  18. B.B. will be sorely missed by many, many folks in College Station.
    We appreciated him taking such good care of our kids while they were growing up.
    His concern and example will continue to be one of the greatest hallmarks of College Station.
    I have some photos of him taken during meetings for the College Station 75th Anniversary celebration in 2013
    Will be happy to send them to you if I can get an e-mail address.
    Jerry Cooper

  19. My sincerest condolences to the Holland family. Mr. Holland was my Texas history teacher in my junior year at Consol. He took our class out to experience pure Texas history. He drove the bus, shared the battles while opening our minds at Washington on the Brazos, San Jacinto monument and many other field trips. He was a phenomenal teacher and I’ll miss him.

  20. It was with sadness that I read of the passing of B.B. He and I had worked on several committees while I was a teacher in the CSISD school system. I was also privileged to be a teacher for one of his daughters, Newell while I has a teacher at College Hill Elem. ( I had a different last name- Anding)
    He was a very nice person and wore many hats in his roll as teacher and principal.He will be missed.

  21. So very sorry to hear this sad news. B.B. was a great friend and mentor. Sending prayers for God’s peace and comfort.

  22. Mr. Holland was my favorite teacher. College constitution was a breeze because of him. He is missed.

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